Last year at this time, SyFy gave up the ghost on new paranormal programming. That slack has been taken up with a vengeance by Destination America, a cable and satellite channel owned by Discovery Communications that features lifestyle, historical and travel programming focusing on the culture of the United States. From their lineup, paranormal themes play a huge role in American culture. The self titled “#1 home for paranormal programming” have or currently run Mountain Monsters, A Haunting, Alaska Monsters, Alaska Haunting, Ghost Asylum, Amish Haunting, Ghost Stalkers, Ghost Encounters, Hauntings and Horrors, Ghosts in my House, When Ghosts Attack, Monsters and Mysteries in America, Monsters Underground, UFOs Over Earth, Unsealed: Alien Files.
And they have just added another one and specials just for Halloween time!
A Haunting starts season 8, Ghost Asylum starts season 2. As we previously noted, a really ridiculous sounding house “exorcism” is set for Friday, October 30.
Destination America seems determined to make us believe demons are a dollar a dozen in the US of A.
A new show, The Demon Files, is set to premier:
Ralph Sarchie’s life is divided between two very different worlds. In one he’s a decorated sergeant for the NYPD who proudly protected and served his city for over 18 years. In the other he’s a highly regarded demonologist, helping real American families who fear they may be threatened by the demonic. His book Beware the Night details how he uses his cop-hardened savvy to combat supernatural evil at every turn and served as the inspiration for the 2014 movie Deliver Us from Evil. Now in THE DEMON FILES, Sarchie and his team travel across the country meeting with people apparently suffering from demonic activity.
“Apparently” is the operative word there. This show sounds like a step beyond Paranormal State which was thick with the threat of demons. (Whenever demon infestations are thrown around on U.S. TV, watch for Lorraine Warren to appear.)
Sarchie is a NYPD cop who has taken on the role of “demonologist” to deal with demonic “perps”. Demons are criminals and exorcism is the “spiritual equivalent of an arrest”. Sarchie’s book “Deliver Us from Evil” was “sanctimonious pomp and exaggeration” (so said me). He is ultra religious, everything is about God. Be prepared for angels and demons everywhere, Satan’s hand is behind all things bad, which is terribly over-simplistic with regards to crime, poverty and human troubles. Maybe Sarchie will describe the color of people’s auras while he pulls out his piece of the “true cross” to drive away evil. If the show is anything like how he describes his work in the book, it will be more fantasy fiction than crime drama.
It’s sad that a channel that COULD be exploring the rich tapestry of America culture gets stuck in the muck of paranormal garbage instead.